Local Business Spotlight: Levi Garrison & Sons Brewing Co.

Local Business Spotlight: Levi Garrison & Sons Brewing Co.

We are known as Quilt Town, USA, but we are so much more than that. When you plan your next visit to Missouri Star, be sure to add some of our other local businesses to your itinerary so your trip to Hamilton will be extra special! Our most recent Local Business Spotlight segment will have you craving a nice cold beverage and adding another stop to your bucket list!

Formally a college professor, Scott Falke now owns a beautiful industrial style micro-brewery located inside of an old brick building. We sat down to talk with Scott on an early Friday afternoon and people were already pouring in to start their weekend with a good brew and good conversation.

Local Business Spotlight: Brewery

As Scott kindly offered up the story of how Levi Garrison & Sons came to be, we learned that he has a deep passion for service and giving back. Before the brewery, Scott was an associate professor of biology at William Jewell and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2010, Scott was called to active duty in Afghanistan and received a Bronze Star for his service. Serving his country, family, and community is very important to this brew-master. He is definitely the type of person you want to see as you stop in for a drink at your local brewery after a 40-hour work week or if you are just passing through town.

After Afghanistan, Scott realized he needed a change and so he took the plunge into opening a brewery. It was a risk that really paid off! Scott now runs the business with his cousins and nephew. The family owned company has become tremendously successful in it’s almost five year life span. The name, you are probably wondering, was inspired by the family’s history. Scott’s great-grandfather owned a sorghum business in Osceola, Missouri some decades ago named, Levi Garrison & Sons Country Sorghum. After a trademark issue with the brewery’s original name, this little family history made its way into today’s local brewery in Hamilton.

Local Business Spotlight: Brewery

Levi Garrison & Sons is home to several fundraiser events throughout the year including Harry’s Brews & BBQ in which funds are given to the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, a Kegs & Eggs Oktoberfest in which proceeds go towards the Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance, and the Cornhole Tournament which helps provide the Hamilton Park Board with the means to support sporting events and field updates.

Local Business Spotlight: Brewery

When you first walk into the building, you will see friendly faces, comfy furniture, messages of thankfulness on colorful glass windows that lead right into the brew rooms welcoming you to a good beer and cozy atmosphere. If you are hungry, you can even order food from two of our local restaurants, J’s Burger Dive and Hank and Tanks BBQ, which will be delivered to you right in the tap room!

Local Business Spotlight: Brewery

“Oatmeal cream stout hands down is my favorite beer ever! Second amendment is pretty good as well.”
Mikayla Novak,
resident of Hamilton and Mug Club Member

“My favorite brew is Zach’s Wheat… I enjoy the laid back atmosphere… and the other brews that perfectly [represent] Hamilton.”
Kristopher Bruce,
Mayor of Hamilton and Mug Club Member

So next time you are in town, make your way over the brewery for some of the best beer in the Midwest! Be sure to like their Facebook page to keep up with opening hours, events, new brews, or mug club happenings!

Five Essentials for the Sewing Room

Five Essentials for the Sewing Room

1. Efficient Space

When piecing together any project, you’re going to want a wide open space to ease the process of designing, piecing, and cutting. Allow yourself an area designated for a large enough cutting board for the type of projects you normally do. Buy a fabric wall or create your own for even more savvy space in your area.

2. Adequate Lighting

Sewing Lights

Create an area full of efficient lighting to see your project clearly from beginning to end. For extra help, pick up some lighting that has a magnifier attached to keep your color coordination sharp and reduce any other hard-to-see errors.

3. Nifty Notions

Fill your sewing area with handy tools that are only an arm’s reach away and ready to roll! Here are just a few things you won’t want to find yourself without once you start sewing!

Rulers & Templates of all sorts are great to have, but these three are exceptionally useful!

1) Medium Seam Marker
2) Binding Tool
3) Missouri Star 5″ X 15″ Ruler

4. Storage Solutions

Sewing Storage Solutions

You’re going to need a practical place to store all of the notions you have gathered. Explore our selection of storage essentials to help get you organized! Find a place to store anything from fabric and rulers to pins and needles!

5. A Creative Environment

To start any good project, one needs motivation. Create a space in which you find yourself surrounded in inspiration. Design it to your tastes. Make an area that you feel comfortable in, but also allows for your creativity to grow! Scroll through these patterns to discover a wall hanging you can add your own flare to and finish off a sewing room personalized to your own tastes!

Geese in Motion Quilt

Geese in Motion Quilt

A sleek-feathered goose is the very picture of grace as it wings its way across the sky, but watch out! Those beaked beauties have a feisty side, too!

While jogging past a quiet farm, my neighbor was accosted by an angry goose who chased him down the lane, honking and hissing all the way! (Zeke said he’s never run so fast!) A goose on the move is a force to be reckoned with!

This week Jenny stitched up a gorgeous Geese in Motion quilt using 2.5 inch strips of precut fabric and a Binding Tool template!
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!
What’s An Add-A-Quarter Ruler?

What’s An Add-A-Quarter Ruler?

Today on “What’s That?!” Wednesday is the Add-A-Quarter Ruler!

This handy little tool makes it easy to keep your quarter inch seam no matter what project you are working on.

The specially designed beveled lip on this ruler automatically allows quarter inch seam allowance to any angle for your rotary cutter. Great to use when foundation piecing. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help fight breast cancer!

This handy little gadget is really great when creating your own patterns to ensure you get the exact size you want while keeping your quarter inch consistent. Click HERE to grab yours now!

Store your new Add-an-Inch Ruler in one of these unique felt storage bins. Place the two smaller bins inside the larger to create a single bin with dividers or utilize all three separately.
Grab either jade or purple for colorful storage solutions!

Check back with our blog next month for some more great product features! Also, if you are questioning a product and would like some more information on it, feel free to comment or send us a message and maybe that product will be featured in a “What’s That?! Wednesday” blog.

Tips for Shopping at Missouri Star

Tips for Shopping at Missouri Star

Whether it is your first time or fiftieth time visiting us at Missouri Star, we want to make sure that each and every time you visit, that you have the most successful and pleasant experience! This is why we have curated a list with all of the “tips and tricks” to make your shopping experience go as smooth and seamless as possible!

To begin your shopping journey, we suggest starting in our Main Shop! Once inside you will be greeted and directed over to our tablets, where you can print a shopping pass. If you are familiar with our Quilter’s Cash program, the pass is your account in barcode form, which makes checking out much quicker!

Whereas our other shops are themed, the Main Shop has sections from all of our stores, this is to give you a preview of what is to come before you visit the actual shop. If you don’t have a lot of time to shop, this will be especially helpful so that you can visit only the shops that interest you the most! Before you leave Main, make sure to also grab a map of the town so you don’t miss anything!

Shopping Tips at Missouri Star
In addition to fabric from all of our shops, the Main Shop is also home to our t-shirts and souvenirs!

With so many quilt shops in one town, make sure to wear comfortable shoes! If you have all day to shop, we suggest going through all of our shops first to preview everything, take pictures of what you like as you go along, then to eat lunch at one of our tasty restaurants in town. After lunch, once your mind is more relaxed, we then suggest going back through the shops to actually start shopping, this way you will know all of your choices before making decisions. When taking pictures of products you like, make sure to also snap a photo of the outside of the shop as well, this way you will know for sure which shop it was in.

Here at Missouri Star we are always thinking of ways to help reduce the environmental impact of items we use everyday, that is why we now offer bonus Quilter’s Cash on every purchase if you use a reusable tote!

Shopping Tips at Missouri Star

Another few things to know while shopping are that each shop will have a restroom available for you to use, we do allow service animals, and if you are needing a break, make a stop in Man’s Land and put your feet up!

Shopping Tips at Missouri Star

There are a couple things to keep in mind when having fabric cut, especially if you are following a pattern. We cut in 1/4 yard increments, so if you are needing a 1/3, we will have to cut a 1/2. Additionally, on our clearance fabric (which is in every store) there is no minimum, we will cut as small as a 1/4 yard. Another helpful tip to remember is that if you are matching fabric from one store to another, we will snip off a small piece for you to carry along, so that you can accurately match.

Once you are all shopped out and ready to leave Quilt Town USA, there are a few more things to remember before you leave! If you are running low on space in your vehicle and would rather have your items shipped home, both our Penney’s Shop and Main Shop will ship home for you at the same rates as online, which means free shipping when you spend $100! Just like online as well, the daily deal and free gifts for spending certain threshold amounts (if there are any), can be picked up in the same shops that we ship out of.

Shopping Tips at Missouri Star

To make sure you remember your trip to Hamilton forever, don’t forget to take a picture in front of one of our gorgeous murals in town!

Grab a sneak peak into a few of our shops in these short videos! >